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Twenty Five Years

A number of relevant events, in and out of school, commemorate Ar.Co’s 25th anniversary in 1998. The Museu Nacional do Azulejo presents “Três Anos de Cerâmica no Ar.Co/Three Years of Ceramics ar Ar.Co” and the exhibition “Flash Back” shows students and ex-students’ work in Photography (comercial, artistic, technical), representing the various aspects of that department’s training program. Photography students are also commissioned by the Caminho do Oriente project to portray the area that extends from Santa Apolónia to the Expo Park, thus producing the exhibition “Caminho do Oriente /Guia do Olhar”. With support from the RAR group and the Luso-American Foundation, Ar.Co organizes at Rua de Santiago 18, between February and October, the “International Conferences 1998”. The official ceremony commemorating the school’s anniversary will also take place there, on November 26, and is attended by Portugal’s President, by the Minister of Education, by the Secretary of State of Educational Administration, by the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art and by  numerous other personalities and special guests Simon den Hartog (President of AIAS) and Anthony Jones (Rector of the Royal College of Art). President Jorge Sampaio presents Ar.Co with the title of Honorary Member of the Order of the Infante Dom Henrique and the scool signs a protocol with the Ministry of Education for the first time. The book “Ar.Co – 25 Years”, designed by Robin Fior - the first attempt at a consistent and detailed narrative of the school’s history, widely illustrated – is also published within the context of the commemorations. Manuela franco is invited as a consultant for the international conferences program and participates in the writing committee of the 25 years book.

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    Official reception for Ar.Co's 25th anniversary. November 26, 1998. Manuel Castro Caldas and President Jorge Sampaio.

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    Official ceremony commemorating Ar.Co's 25th anniversary. November 26, 1998. Special guest Anthony Jones (right). Ar.Co, Lisbon.

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    Official reception for Ar.Co's 25th anniversary. November 26, 1998. (left to right) Bárbara Costa Cabral, Vasco Graça Moura, Emílio Rui Vilar, Artur Santos Silva.

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    Official ceremony of the Commemorations of Ar.Co's 25th anniversary. November 26, 1998. Ar.Co, Lisbon. João Bosco Mota Amaral and Eduardo Marçal Grilo (Education Minister).

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    Book commemorating Ar.Co's 25th anniversary. Design by Robin Fior.